Gardner urges caution for 'Bail Project' before freeing some suspects

Kim Gardner
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' top prosecutor is urging a nonprofit group to review court records before posting bail for inmates, days after a man freed from jail allegedly killed his wife soon after his release.  

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said in a statement Wednesday that she also is asking the Bail Project to contact her office before posting bail for anyone accused of crimes involving victims, including domestic violence, so victims and witnesses can be alerted.  

Prosecutors say 54-year-old Samuel Lee Scott attacked his wife, Marcia Johnson, on April 9, soon after $5,000 bail was posted to free him from jail, where he was awaiting trial for misdemeanor domestic violence. Johnson died days later.  

Bail Project Executive Director Robin Steinberg, in a statement, called it "inexcusable to use Ms. Johnson's memory to stoke fear.''  

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